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Why Steven Chu Was One Of Obama's Most Intriguing Choices

Of all the individuals in President Obama's first-term Cabinet, Energy Secretary Steven Chu was arguably the least likely to be found in official Washington. And now that the Nobel Prize-winning physicist is leaving government, there are a few reasons that understanding his legacy might take some time.
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As Clinton Bows Out, Analysts Debate Her Influence On Foreign Policy

Friday was Hillary Clinton's final day at the State Department. As her staff bid farewell, many analysts are wondering what kind of lasting impact she's had on U.S. foreign policy. In an interview, Clinton says it was important for the U.S. to "again assume a leadership position that was in concert with our values." She says she helped repair frayed alliances and brought some longer term issues to the forefront including the role of women, climate change and Internet freedoms. "There is nothing fast or easy about diplomacy," she says.
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Republicans Divided Over Immigration Reform

Audie Cornish speaks with Carlos Gutierrez, former Secretary of Commerce and founder of the superPAC "Republicans for Immigration Reform," about the GOP's stance on immigration reform.
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Analysis: Action Pending On Violence Against Women Act

The Senate is preparing to move on a Violence Against Women bill after a long stalemate; David Hawking of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing talks about what has finally gotten the bill over the hump toward passage.

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Republican Scott Brown Won't Seek Massachusetts Senate Seat

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will not seek the Republican nomination for Senate in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, the Democrat who on Friday becomes secretary of state. The decision leaves Republicans scrambling to find a competitive candidate in the deep blue state.
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Shifting School Boundaries

As the population in our region explodes, overcrowded school districts are grappling with the controversial process of re-drawing school boundaries.

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Border Mayors On Frontier Of Immigration Debate

President Obama recently backed proposals by the "Gang of Eight" senators to overhaul the nation's immigration system. Host Michel Martin takes a look at how some border towns could be affected. She speaks with Scott Smith, the Republican mayor of Mesa, Arizona, and David Coss, the Democratic mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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